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Vietnam War and President Kennedy's Remarks at the Berlin Wall

1. Review "President Kennedy's Remarks at the Berlin Wall" in this week's Electronic Reserve Readings. In light of Cold War politics, do you think John F. Kennedy's speech advanced the international goals of his administration or not? Why? Discuss the foreign challenges, crisis, and policies of the Kennedy Administration and explain why Kennedy might be called the "ultimate cold warrior."

2. Discuss the American involvement in Vietnam. How did the United States get involved and how did the course of the war escalate? Why was Vietnam important in the context of the Cold War?

3. Popular support for the Vietnam War soured about the time of the North Vietnamese Tet Offensive (in spite of the fact that it was technically a US victory). Why did support change? How was this change in popular support manifested?

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1. "President Kennedy's Remarks at the Berlin Wall" in this week's Electronic Reserve Readings. In light of Cold War politics, do you think John F. Kennedy's speech advanced the international goals of his administration or not? Why? Discuss the foreign challenges, crisis, and policies of the Kennedy Administration and explain why Kennedy might be called the "ultimate cold warrior."

The international goals of Kennedy's administration were eloquently advanced with this speech because of its obvious focus on the differences between the communist led system in East Berlin and that of the Western Berlin system that practiced capitalism. His consistent emphasis on the fact that Democracy that was practiced in capitalist societies such as America although flawed, never resulted in the creation of a wall to fence in its citizens was the ultimate declaration of why capitalism was superior to communism. Communism was effective in portraying to their citizens that their system was superior to capitalism despite the poverty and economic conditions that were evident ...

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